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Donald Alexander Goss (born 2 October 1968), nicknamed Sandy Goss, is a former competition swimmer from Canada. Goss was a freestyle and backstroke specialist who was an Olympic silver medalist.

Sandy Goss
Personal information
Full nameDonald Alexander Goss
National teamCanada
Born (1966-10-02) 2 October 1966 (age 52)
Amherst, Nova Scotia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, backstroke
ClubNorth York Aquatic Club
College teamUniversity of Florida


Early yearsEdit

Goss was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1968.[1] At the age of 8, Goss' family moved to Toronto and he began swimming for the North York Aquatic Club.[2] At age 11, he was a member of the Canadian tour team that traveled to Germany and won two silver medals.[2] At 17, Goss set a new short-course world record in the 200-metres backstroke at the Canadian Nationals.[2]

College careerEdit

Goss received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition under coach Randy Reese from 1987 to 1990.[2][3] Goss, together with Duffy Dillon, Paul Robinson and Troy Dalbey, won the NCAA national championship in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay in 1987.[3] He also won three Southeastern Conference (SEC) individual championships in the 100-metre backstroke (1987) and the 200-metre backstroke (1987, 1988), as well as seven SEC championships as a member of winning Gators relay teams.[3] Goss received twenty-three All-American honors during his four-year American college swimming career.[3] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1991.[2]

International careerEdit

Goss represented Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. In 1984, he won a silver medal with the Canadian team by swimming the freestyle anchor leg in the men's 4x100-metre medley relay. Goss was also a member of Canada's fifth-place team in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay, and seventh-place team in the men's 4x100-metre freestyle relay. Individually, he placed seventh in the 100-metre backstroke.

Four years later, he again swam for Canada in four events at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He again earned a silver medal by swimming the freestyle leg for Canada's second-place team in the 4x100-metre medley relay. He was also a member of the Canadian eighth-place team in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay, and ninth-place team in the men's 4x100-metre freestyle relay. In individual competition, he advanced to the semifinals of the 100-metre freestyle, and finished with the tenth best time overall.

He was a double gold medalist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, winning championships in the 200-metre backstroke and 4x100-metre medley relay, and also won silver medals as a member of the second-place Canadian teams in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay and 4x200-metre freestyle relay.

Life after swimmingEdit

Goss and Jane Kerr were inducted into the Swimming Canada Circle of Excellence Hall of Fame in 2006.[2] He lives in Toronto with his wife Judy, with whom he has two children, including competitive swimmer Kennedy Goss, who was named to Canada's Olympic team in 2016 and won a bronze medal in the women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay.[2] As of 2006, he was working as a stock broker for Research Capital in Toronto.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Sandy Goss. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Swimming Canada Inducts Goss, Kerr into Circle of Excellence Archived 2013-02-03 at," Swimming World (27 November 2006). Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement Archived 2013-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 61, 62, 64, 67, 78, 79 (2011). Retrieved 12 April 2012.